Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The program was launched following recent storms to develop innovative ways to keep critical buildings (police stations, emergency operation centers, shelters, …

Police ask your help nabbing would-be burglar

Also, police in East Lyme and Groton are investigating similar break-ins in their towns.

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

Gov. Malloy responds to controversy over UConn sexual assault complaints

“One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”

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UConn deal means free football tickets for members of National Guard

July 1, 2013 Local News, Sports Comments Off
For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

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The University of Connecticut announced today (July 1) a special Military Appreciation Offer in partnership with the Connecticut National Guard as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, 2013 UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8.

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EPA warns so-called refrigerant substitutes can cause explosion

July 1, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air-conditioning systems.

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air-conditioning systems.

Other names for some unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a and CARE 40.

Home air-conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians.

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Catch the ‘air show’ in Willimantic July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

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Willimantic Wildlife Habitat (visit their Facebook page ) wants you to know, it’s Chimney Swift Night on Monday, July 1, at the Willimantic Brewing Company on Main Street in Willimantic!

The pub has brewed Flying Cigar Ale – “flying cigar” is a nickname for this bird – and will donate portions of proceeds to chimney swift conservation.

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Willimantic Police Officer shot, man found dead

June 25, 2013 Local News Comments Off
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Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

By Brenda Sullivan

CORRECTION - Andrew Samuolis was scheduled to appear in Superior Court GA 11 in Danielson, CT on Wednesday, June 26. The location of the court was incorrectly reported in the original post. Samuolis is charged with breach of peace and interfering with police, but according to Lt. Vance, additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

In a press conference at 4 p.m. today, State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said police had received a phone call requesting a “well-being check” and when they arrived at the home, a white male – now identified as Andrew Samuolis – ambushed and shot a police officer in the arm.

They also found the body of another male in the house. Police were not disclosing this person’s identity as of this posting.

The suspect fled on foot into a wooded area. Police called for assistance and police dogs were brought in for the search.

Lt. Vance said gun fire was exchanged between the suspect and police.

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SAVE THE FROGS talk is June 23

June 22, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
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Learn more about the disappearing frog populations around the world at a June 23 talk/slide presentation by SAVE THE FROGS! at the Windham Textile & History Musuem. Photo source: Screen shot from YouTube Smithsonian video http://youtu.be/gWnF4SVGFzk

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The frog is the beloved mascot of Windham, CT. But real frogs are in real danger… learn more about this on Sunday, June 23 at a talk called, “SAVE THE FROGS!”

At 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St. in Willimantic (across from the mill complex) hear Michael Starkey speak and show slides about the dire threat facing the world’s amphibian populations today.

Forty percent of all the frogs in the world are in danger of extinction, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

Mr. Starkey is chair of the advisory committee of SAVE THE FROGS!

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Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

June 22, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off
Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market's annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

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Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday (June 23) is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions. Don’t forget that baking or jam making can contribute to wellness too!

As always, anything handmade, handcrafted or homegrown is swappable. But remember – you must sign up and bring something to get something in return!

You need to sign up for a swap ticket if you plan to attend.

Time: BEFORE the market: Set up any time after 10 a.m. Announcement of the swap will be around 10:30, and swapping starts around at 10:40 a.m.

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Did you know? It’s National Pollinator Week

June 20, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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Gov. Malloy defends new campaign finance law

June 19, 2013 Areawide Comments Off

GOV MALLOY official head shot resized 2011Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (June 19) released the following statement regarding signing new campaign finance legislation  into law:

“Today, I signed into law a bill (Public Act 13-180) that will vastly increase disclosure requirements for independent campaign expenditures.

As the first candidate for governor elected under the state’s public financing system, I am deeply committed to the principle that the people of Connecticut have a right to know who’s paying for the advertisements and other expenditures that are designed to sway public opinion prior to an election.  This bill does that.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The …

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

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There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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